A redevelopment of c. 13,000m2 of central Whitechapel in East London for Londonewcastle of which nearly 6,000m2 is open space, half of it fully accessible to the public.
It forms part of proposed green spine that when fully developed will be nearly 300m long, the project is to be submitted to planning in October 2015. The project architects are PLP and Adjaye Associates.
We looked for a typology that provides flexibility and variety. Flexibility to enable change to occur during design development without compromising the layout and full of variety because we are designing for a diverse range of individuals. So in our scheme there is a strong overall typology which derives more from organic, indigenous place making rather than pure modernist or classical aesthetics. Paths are not parallel, instead, they respond to the way people cut corners; corners that are skewed rather than right-angled, irregular spaces are made where one might have something to sit on or a small group of trees. The layout is also highly permeable. People almost always have a choice of where to go, they are not shoved down one path or corralled into an “important place”, the landscape filters and suggests movement rather than compels. The entire domain is a place of exploration.
We see much of the planting having a meadow like character with the more peripheral parts, closer to the buildings having a higher proportion of shrubs.